Time, Time, Time… See What’s Become Of Me…

… while I looked around for my possibilities …

I decided this entry would have to be a two-part story because it’s just so lengthy. Or, maybe it just seems lengthy to me because I have so little free time lately. 🙂

Regardless, I could easily write about what is going on now, but to truly understand one needs the background of what has gone on over the past couple of years (or, at least an abridged version).

I was laid off in February of 2011. I won’t go into a story of the cycle of depression one fights with that experience. I briefly touched on it when I hit my 1-year anniversary of unemployment.

At 47 years of age, one finds it difficult to find employment, regardless of laws against age discrimination. Looking for full-time employment? Good luck in the current economy, regardless of your age. August 3 of this year was the 2-and-a-half-year anniversary of my unemployment… technically…

See, eventually I had to do something or I’d go crazy. I started my own consulting business, designing logos and brochures. I found I have a creative streak. But my marketing skills? Ehh… not so great (not for myself, anyway). So in my free time, a few months ago, I started making incense. This has taken off.

My garage and my home smell wonderful. My house looks like a stockroom right now. But Tempest Mystic Products is up and running. 🙂

These past two months have been so busy! I’ve been building up inventory for a major festival this October. My routine:

  • Get up at 4am. Drink coffee.
  • Work in the garage from 4:30am – 8:00am
    • putting incense out to dry
    • or harvesting dry incense
  • Shower (it’s hot in that garage)
  • More coffee
  • Mix oils for more incense
  • Bag and Tag dry sticks
  • Product Development/Fulfill Orders

Oh, and somewhere in there I do remember to eat.

Of course, now that I’ve finally found something that works, what do I get?

A job. A real job. I start next week.

A job? A real job??
A job? A real job??

To be continued…

Where is Duch?

This week has been so busy; I haven’t had time to post about a little change in my life. 🙂

This week was back-to-school week for lots of parents. My teen-boy started high school on Monday. What I haven’t had time to post about is that I started back to school that same day. Yes, that’s right, I’ve gone back to college. It’s been years since I’ve been in an instructor-led environment, and I know I could do these classes online. I made my decision to go on campus for a couple of reasons:

  • My learning style
    • I do better in an ILT course. With the instructor there, if I have a question, I’m more likely to speak up rather than email or post in a discussion board.
    • I’m taking graphic design courses. In a classroom environment, working on projects, students can “bounce” creative ideas off of each other and get on-the-spot feedback. That’s a little more difficult when you’re taking your course online.
  • I had to get out of the house
    • I’d found there were days I’d been in this house all day long. This gets me out, and OMG it feels wonderful!

That being said… I’ve been looking for a job for a long time (over a year). I hadn’t realized just how long that left me moping around the house, sitting at the computer doing the job search all day. I’ve spent more time at home than I thought. Of course, this lead to a downward spiral of depression. The times I did leave the house, I had the urge to just “go back home”. It wasn’t an anxiety reaction; I just wanted to go home where I knew my routine. I realized I’ve spent the last few months hiding under the proverbial bed.

When I enrolled in classes, I jumped right in. I’m taking 12 hours. It’s just 3 courses, spread out Monday through Thursday. I figured, this can’t be too difficult. But by the end of the day I’m exhausted! I know it’s just a matter of not being used to the routine. It’s the first week. Once I settle into things, I’ll be fine. 🙂

I’ll post details about my classes soon. Oh, and more pictures of Missy kitty. We’ve introduced her to the other furry children. Our 2 dogs are curious. Our 2 other cats aren’t speaking to me. This, too, shall pass. 😉